Grand Cayman is a luxurious and wealthy place. Imagine white, soft, sugar sand fringing the borders of 5* hotels and top notch cocktails being served at the beach side bars. You’ll be left wanting for nothing here if you’re looking for a world class trip away.
At only 22 miles long, Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman Islands, sitting alongside Little Cayman and Cayman Brac in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. Although it is small in size, this island is a big centre for offshore banking and investment. This brings a lot of wealth onto the island and gives Grand Cayman it’s glitzy and glam appeal.
However, for all the riches on show in Grand Cayman, the natural beauty and the hospitable locals are the true diamond of this island. Visit one of the many dive sights or sweeping beaches and you’ll soon see why Grand Cayman is not just a place for those weighed down with their dollars.
The culinary delights that Grand Cayman has to offer are heavily influenced by the islands rich heritage and culture. Tropical flavours of coconut and mango are laced through dishes of tuna and snapper and rice or cassava form the base of hearty meals or you could be having a BBQ one day and eating in a fancy restaurant the next.
To try the real local food of Grand Cayman, turn your fork to some conch fritters or try some curried crab. There’s also the ever popular cassava heavy cake, a deliciously sweet and dense mixture of coconut milk, brown sugar and nutmeg. What a moreish dessert for after your evening meal!
As for drinks, wash down all the delicious food with a spot of rum. This drink is available from many distilleries dotted around the island and it is well worth a trying a dabble of the local liquor. If you’re at Rum Point, get your hands on the original Mudslide! This concoction of vodka, Kahlua and Baileys is blended with chocolate syrup to make a refreshingly creamy cocktail. This is the, if not the only way to end a perfect day on Grand Cayman!
Most holiday activities on Grand Cayman will revolve around the water. Whether you’re going on a diving expedition, swimming in the crystal clear water or walking on the squeaky clean sand, the water is a central part of life here on Grand Cayman.
Explore the Kittiwake dive site, a boat that is sunk at the Northern End of Seven Mile Beach. The sinking of this ship happened in 2011 after the boat had been cleaned of all hazardous materials and parts. The Kittihawk boat creates an artificial reef where snorkelers and divers can explore the marine life that is now starting to settle itself around the ship.
If this doesn’t quite float your boat, take a walk on the nearby Seven Mile Beach which contrary to its name is only 5.5miles long! To the North of the beach you’ll be able to visit Grand Cayman Turtle Farm. This 23 acre adventure park lets you get up close to some native turtles and you may even get the chance to feed some of the wildlife here! Heading down this beautiful beach, you’ll find that it’s the main place for visitors and tourist, therefore it’s an equally good place to grab some lunch while looking over the beautiful Caribbean Sea! Camana Bay is a great little pedestrianised set of villages, so you can do a bit of shopping as well! Finish the walk at Georgetown, Grand Cayman’s financial capital and a great cultural centre for the island. Here you can peruse the art galleries, sail the seas in a glass bottomed boat or take a rum distillery tour. Maybe even treat yourself to some delicious rum cake!
To get yourself away from the busy tourist scene, head to Cayman Kai Beach. This secluded stretch of sand is surrounded by palm trees and crystal clear waters, which makes it the perfect place to take those envy inducing pictures to show your friends back home! If you’re looking to really see the true nature of this island though, head out on your walking boots and venture onto the Mastic Trail. This 4.5 mile route takes you through the heart of Grand Cayman and is a great walk to do with a guide who can tell you all about the flora and fauna of this country.